The School Of Shotokan Karate-Do (New Delhi, India)
The School Of Shotokan Karate-Do (New Delhi, India)
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People believe that ... Shotokan Tiger (Symbol of Shotokan Karate Created by Hoan Kosugi)
  • Karate is about breaking bricks and boards.
  • Karate is only meant for small children and stupid muscle-bound people.
  • It is an art that teaches one to fight with or bully others.
  • It is an unsafe art in which people hurt each other as a sport.
  • People who practice karate can be violent and dangerous.
  • Karate is not relevant to a normal person's life.
  • Karate can be self-taught from movies and books.
To refute the above...
Karate is not solely a fighting technique. It is training in self-discipline, self-confidence, concentration, serenity in threatening situations when fear or anger might be the natural response, stamina, controlled energy, swifter reflexes, proper breathing, a positive attitude to life -- to mention only a small part. In short karate is training in body and spirit. The total concentration and discipline required to study karate carries over to daily life. The dojo -- i.e. the place where karate is studied is traditionally called 'The Place of Enlightenment'. In it we make contact with and take control of ourselves -- our fears, anxieties, reactions, and habits. The dojo is a place of learning and self-enlightenment for both teacher and taught. If the student has the necessary dedication the teacher provides the knowledge and spiritual inspiration, then Karate will reveal itself to have an essence and meaning far removed from just breaking bricks and boards.
 
      Anyone from 6 to 80 can train in Karate. It is important to women especially for self-defense as it alerts the body and quickens the eye. It is a good beauty aid, giving the body symmetry and balance and the face a healthy glow.
 
      Karate is also good for a weak or poorly developed person because it fosters spirit and physical strength, initiates patience and enterprise and generates self-confidence.
 
      With self confidence comes self control and self knowledge. One learns to overcome oneself and thus to value and understand other people even if opponents. That is why every set of movements in karate begin and end with a bow (rei). "Rei" implies courtesy, trust, respect and goodwill towards oneself as well as 'the other'. A true Karateka never attacks or initiates a fight.
 
      Karate is a safe art and with proper equipment equally safe as a sport. The essence of karate technique is "kime" which means an explosive attack to the target using the appropriate technique and maximum power in the shortest time possible. But this does not mean violence or killing is the objective. "Kime" may be accomplished by arresting a technique just before contact with the opponent's vital point. So maximum power is used in a controlled way.
 
      Rowdy, antisocial hooligans learn karate for their own programs of terror and intimidation. A true karate teacher will refuse such people as students. But it becomes all the more necessary for normal law-abiding citizens to learn karate and use it for "liberty, equality, fraternity and justice".
 
      From the above it is clear, karate is relevant to each of us. Police files testify to the increasing number of robberies, assaults and other vicious crimes. To protect oneself a defuse mechanism evolved requiring speed and agility. Shadow practice in the class polishes execution of the strokes so that one reacts appropriately and instinctively when the need arises.
 
      In addition karate is a means of improving and maintaining good health. There is no psychic structure, no inner tension which is not reflected in the body. Karate with its physical aspect, its intrinsic quality as moving meditation, its emphasis on correct breathing brings relief from fatigue and mental stress and adds years to one's life.
 
      Teaching oneself from books and movies is the hardest method to learn karate and almost certainly doomed to failure. The energy, time and determination needed to get to an advanced stage is much greater than with a teacher. But books and movies are an ideal supplement to practical training. As is conversation and interaction with other karateka.
 
      School of Shotokan Karate-Do (India) was founded in New Delhi in the year 1991 by Sensei Rajeev Sabharwal (Black Belt, Sandan - SKIF Japan), with the immense valuable support and the strong backup of all the S.S.K. Board of Directors, Senior S.S.K. Members and all the dedicated karateka (practitioners of karate) practicing in all the S.S.K. Dojo all around Delhi.
 
      Since its inception, School of Shotokan Karate-Do (India) has been dedicated to imparting the priceless knowledge of authentic Shotokan Karate and Tai Chi Chuan to all those who seek spiritual, mental and physical perfection in their life. 
 
Regular training sessions deal with the effective concepts and techniques of Shotokan Karate with proper demonstrations and elaborate explanations on: Kihon, Kata, Kumite, Goshin and Zen. Since the Shotokan style of Karate is highly refined and scientifically developed it enables the performance of even the most complex techniques with maximum ease, efficiency and perfection.
 
      S.S.K. training demands strict discipline, consistent attendance, etiquette, patience and hard work from every karateka. Practicing karate in the S.S.K. can be life-long and can be continued regardless of age.
 
      All S.S.K. Dojo have a safe, friendly and mutually respecting environment. Personalized attention is given to each and every Karateka at all our Dojo. Care is taken to see that all classes are conducted in an uninterrupted and systematic manner.
 

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